Cuomo blames Democrats in state Senate for uncertainty over Amazon project

Cuomo blames Democrats in state Senate for uncertainty over Amazon project

Cuomo blames Democrats in state Senate for uncertainty over Amazon project

Amazon has not yet leased or purchased office space for the campus in New York City, and final approval of state incentives is not expected until 2020, the Post reported.

New York City and the state at large pledged $2.5 billion in tax breaks for Amazon to build its headquarters in the city, arguing that the projected 25,000 jobs the company would bring to the state were worth it.

"If the Amazon deal falls apart, they will have nobody to blame but themselves", he said in a statement. Michael Gianaris, a Democrat who represents Long Island City and calls the agreement bad policy.

"New Yorkers will get tens of thousands of new, good-paying jobs, and Amazon will get the best talent in the world", de Blasio said.

While Virginia officials have already approved Amazon's subsidy package, things have not gone as smoothly in NY.

Instead, the economic development plum of the century known as HQ2 - with a $5 billion investment and 50,000, six-figure jobs - would be divided between Crystal City, Va. and the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, N.Y. That whipped up a political firestorm that may now be calling the deal into question.

"And if they do, I would not want to be a Democratic Senator, coming back to my district to explain why Amazon left because I pandered to their politics".

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"The question is whether it's worth it if the politicians in NY don't want the project, especially with how people in Virginia and Nashville have been so welcoming", one of the sources who spoke with The Post said. After the threat, local officials scaled back the tax before passing it. Amazon and other area businesses then mounted an effort to overturn the measure at the ballot box. This week, the State Senate recommended the appointment of Sen. Council Speaker Corey Johnson criticized Amazon last week for pitting workers against one another.

One reason for the big difference in whether Amazon is welcomed or not lies in the nature of the locations where the new headquarters would be.

Politicians in NY, including City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Ocasio-Cortez and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, have been vocal critics of the secret negotiations that led to Amazon's selection of the city.

It noted that it's working with its "new neighbors" in Queens, including small business owners, educators and community leaders.

Alphabet Inc's Google said in December it would invest more than $1 billion on a new campus in NY, becoming the second major technology company to pick America's financial capital to expand and create thousands of jobs. Effectively, Amazon would repopulate a neighborhood and would help Arlington County, Va. with a long-stated goal of revitalizing their community.

Amazon has hired a lobbying firm and a public relations firm in NY and recently advertised for a "senior community affairs manager" to "focus on developing a positive partnership with local stakeholders, community groups and nonprofits". But we can promise that Dallas is a welcoming city and that HQ2 (or are we on to HQ3 now?) would find Dallas more welcoming than NY has been.

Amazon also has plans to build new hubs in Virginia and Tennessee, both of which have been more welcoming to the idea in comparison to NY.

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